I bet you think you know what this post is about. Muslim violence, right? Wrong.
Mark Pickup, for those of you unfamiliar with him, is a long-time pro-life writer and, nowadays, blogger who has progressive multiple sclerosis. I've talked just a little about him here.
We all know about the thuggish intimidation tactics of the Religion of Peace (tm). "Say we're a peaceful, non-violent religion, or we'll kill you," is pretty much their slogan. What is less well-known even among conservatives is the history of violence among death worshipers of other sorts. The pro-aborts and pro-euthanasia types have done an excellent public relations job of portraying themselves as flower children who stand about singing "Love Makes the World Go 'Round," their violent proclivities limited to...the unborn, the disabled, the elderly. Well, so okay, maybe pro-lifers don't think they're nonviolent. But still, the impression often is that at least they don't engage in ideologically motivated violence against fellow talking, mentally competent human beings over their political disagreements. Human Life Review did a service years ago by publishing this article about little-known incidents of pro-abortion ideological violence.
Now I come to learn today that Mark Pickup has been the recipient of intimidating communications (letters? e-mails? phone calls?) warning him not to write about Robert Latimer. For those of you who don't know who Robert Latimer might be...
I strongly suggest you read Mark's detailed article about him. But in brief, Latimer is the Canadian father who murdered his 12-year-old disabled daughter, Tracy, by putting her into his truck and running a hose from his truck's exhaust pipe into the vehicle. Latimer's chutzpah knows no bounds. After initially lying to conceal his crime, he has since decided that brazening it out is the best approach and has garnered a following who consider him just too, too charming and humane. Father of the year, in fact. Given parole earlier than his supposed minimum sentence allows, Latimer is now demanding a new trial in which the jury will decide not whether he murdered Tracy but whether he was morally justified in so doing. Presumably he wishes to write Canadian law anew so that a crime can be blatantly committed but all penalty remitted if the jury decides you were "justified."
Evidently Latimer's supporters are exceedingly enthusiastic, so much so that Pickup says the following at the top of his blog entry on this subject dated March 27, 2008:
I have received threatening communications designed to intimidate me from writing or making posts that portray Robert Latimer in a negative light. Therefore, I am republishing an earlier article in fuller detail about the Robert Latimer case, complete with references. I don't submit to any form of intimidation or threats.
Bravo for Mark. Let's join him. Just blog it all over the Web, y'all who have blogs. I thought of making the headline for this post "Latimer Supporters Threaten Disabled Pro-life Blogger," but I couldn't resist the allusion to the "I will not submit" T-shirts. So I'll leave that headline for some of you. When I see something like this, it gets my blood up. Not content with lauding this cold-blooded murderer, his followers seek to silence even those normal human beings who tell the truth about him and criticize his actions.
Let's be like Mark Pickup. We do not submit.